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Code Council enters testing and inspection arena in NTA deal

Source: International Code Council, Itasca, Ill. 

The International Code Council has acquired Indiana-based NTA, a provider of testing, product certification, inspection, engineering, off-site construction plan review, and code evaluation services for residential and commercial builders, public officials, plus manufacturers and suppliers throughout the industry. 

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Concrete defies construction input price drop

Sources: Associated Builders & Contractors, Washington, D.C.

An Associated Builders and Contractors analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Producer Price Index (PPI) data indicates that construction input prices decreased 1.3 percent on both a monthly and year-over-year basis, the latter metric representing the first such occurrence in nearly three years.

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LEED rating system development goes nimble

Sources:  U.S. Green Building Council, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

USGBC has announced a call for proposals to solicit feedback and concepts for the next version of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, the 20-year-old green building rating program whose most recent update was released in April. The standard is revised through a continuous improvement process, USGBC challenging the building sector to be more resource efficient and sustainable with each new version.

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Lehigh Hanson, haulers weigh aggregate fleet efficiency in app pilot

Sources: Trelar Logistics, Inc., Austin, Texas; CP staff

Lehigh Hanson Inc. and trucking partners are testing a cloud-based, Trelar Logistics platform in central California, Phoenix and Seattle to measure improved fleet utilization, plus aggregate delivery booking and scheduling metrics. A vocational vehicle marketplace, Trelar connects dump truck owners, sand & gravel and stone producers, plus contractors via an application programmed to increase order and routing transparency; reduce delays; and, provide tracking, real-time data and automated payments.

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Union-endorsed apprenticeship program proposal rattles AGC, ABC

Sources: Associated General Contractors of America, Associated Builders & Contractors, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

proposal paving the way for associations to play stepped up roles in industry-recognized apprenticeship program (IRAP) development and oversight is drawing criticism from the two leading contractor groups due to its exclusion of construction. 

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